Sony, Nikon And SanDisk Propose New CompactFlash Card With 2TB Capacity, 500MBps+ Speed - HotHardware
Sony, Nikon And SanDisk Propose New CompactFlash Card With 2TB Capacity, 500MBps+ Speed

Sony, Nikon And SanDisk Propose New CompactFlash Card With 2TB Capacity, 500MBps+ Speed

Well, this is the pain of progress. We love keeping things the same simply because it's easy. It's easy to acquire things that are compatible, and it's easy to forecast the future. But limits are eventually hit, and we have to innovate to move forward, even in the memory realm. The existing memory card formats that we have today have been in use for a good while, and the CompactFlash Association knows it has to stay one step ahead of the SD Association if they want to maintain a tight grip on pro photographs and the like.

Today, the group announced the formation of a new working group to develop a next-generation memory card. Nikon, SanDisk and Sony proposed the new format in order to meet the needs of professional type DSLR and professional video markets over the coming years, and CFA members can join the new workgroup for considering the ratification of the new specification. They're anticipating that the cameras of the future will need faster and higher capacity cards, and they're probably right. History tends to repeat itself a lot in this space, so that makes sense.


Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon and the CFA chairman of the board, agreed: "Future professional photography and video applications will require memory cards with faster read/write speeds. The development of a new high-performance card standard with a serial interface will meet the needs of the professional imaging industry for years to come and open the door for exciting new applications."

The currentCF5.0 Specification's PATA (parallel ATA) interfacedelivers up to 133MB/second speeds.Although the PATA interface still has room to increase performance, the serial interface can meet the long-term speed requirements of professional DSLR and video markets. The CompactFlash Association recently approved and announced the CF6.0 specification with a maximum speed of 167MB/second. The CFA's new working group will attempt to establish a roadmap for a card format standard that includes a high-speed serial interface that exceeds the PATA interface speed. In the end, the group hopes to breach 500MBps on a card with >2TB of capacity. We cringe to even think what the list price on that would be...

CompactFlash Association Forms New Workgroup for Next-Generation Memory Card Format

(November 29, 2010) CUPERTINO, Calif., --
The CompactFlash Association (CFA) today announced the formation of a new working group to develop a next-generation memory card. Nikon, SanDisk and Sony proposed the new format in order to meet the needs of professional type digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) and professional video markets over the coming years. CFA members can join the new workgroup for considering the ratification of the new specification.

Sophisticated imaging applications such as High Definition video and professional photography require a new generation of memory cards with cutting-edge speeds and capacities capable of processing the larger file sizes. The development of the new card is designed to meet the future demands of professional imaging and video markets.

'Future professional photography and video applications will require memory cards with faster read/write speeds,' said Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon and the CFA chairman of the board. 'The development of a new high-performance card standard with a serial interface will meet the needs of the professional imaging industry for years to come and open the door for exciting new applications.'

The currentCF5.0 Specification's PATA (parallel ATA) interfacedelivers up to 133MB/second speeds.Although the PATA interface still has room to increase performance, the serial interface can meet the long-term speed requirements of professional DSLR and video markets. The CompactFlash Association recently approved and announced the CF6.0 specification with a maximum speed of 167MB/second.

The CFA's new working group will attempt to establish a roadmap for a card format standard that includes a high-speed serial interface that exceeds the PATA interface speed.

CompactFlash is the memory card format of choice for high-end imaging applications, and can be found in many other electronic platforms, including embedded systems, single board computers, data recorders, medical equipment and more. The most recently published CF Specifications, Revision5.0 (PATA interface) and Revision 6.0, are available for download from the CFA web site at http://www.compactflash.org. 
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I hope this means no more FAT32 file restrictions.

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"We cringe to even think what the list price on that would be..."

You cringe, I'll shudder and shake,..........

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